The Honker 18 is a lightweight, shallow draft vessel that, with a 60 horse outboard, can race along at 30 knots or idle for hours while trolling for salmon or bottom fish. It’s a bigger version of the Cackler 14 and Snow Goose 16. It was designed as a great sporting platform, equally at home with fishing tackle and duck decoys. With its shallow draft, it is ideal for pushing into hidden corners of the wilderness in search of fun and adventure With its rugged construction, the Honker 18 can be easily beached for hiking, hunting, and camping. As a flexible design, your Honker 18 can be configured with dry, lockable storage for sleeping bags and long underwear. Room for three people and a week’s worth of their gear is easy with the Honker 18.
The Honker 18 is available as study and full construction plans. There is even a pilothouse option in the construction plans. And take a look at Pete’s build photos for his Honker, the Dawn Patrol.
My own two sons are now ages 14 and 10. We all like to fish and explore some of the more out of the way areas in the Northwest where we live and for years, I have been aware of a place on the West Coast of Vancouver Island called Barkley Sound. This year we decided to have a go at exploring this area by boat. My choices were to take one of our larger boats and spend 3 days travel time (dependent on good weather) just to get up to Barkley Sound. Or we could trailer our Honker up behind the family pickup on gravel roads and launch in the sound itself at a place called Alberni Inlet and motor around the Sound beach cruising.